Melbourne City vs. Brisbane Roar – A-League, May 9, 2021
Melbourne City is on a seemingly unstoppable roll at the moment; there is no denying that. But if anyone will stop Patrick Kisnorbo’s men, it feels as though in-form Brisbane could be the team.
The Roar head to AAMI Park on Sunday, May 9, having won four of their last five games. That said, City has only lost one of their previous 13 matches (ten wins, two draws) and currently sits six points clear at the A-League summit.
So, can Brisbane upset the A-League odds this weekend? Keep reading to discover my Melbourne City vs. Brisbane Roar prediction and betting pick.
Melbourne City vs. Brisbane Roar Odds
Of course, Melbourne City should be the favorite to win this game. But does the price for the home victory really need to be as low as 1.37? I’m not so sure.
When you consider the run that Brisbane is enjoying right now, the odds for the away win seem extremely generous. In fact, even the price for the draw is massive!
Let’s take a closer look at the teams before settling on a Melbourne City vs. Brisbane Roar betting pick.
Melbourne City vs. Brisbane Roar Preview
Melbourne City maintained their remarkable hot streak with a convincing 3-1 win over Perth Glory on Wednesday.
Jamie Maclaren scored his 100th – and quickly added his 101st – A-League goal as his side cruised to victory in Western Australia. Having only made 144 appearances, Maclaren reached the century milestone in fewer games than any other player.
The prolific marksman has now bagged a phenomenal 22 goals in 19 league matches this season and netted his fourth double of the campaign last time out. Oh, and let’s not forget that he also scored five goals in last month’s 7-0 demolition of Victory.
Maclaren’s exploits mean that City boasts a goal difference of +24. Funnily enough, Brisbane has the next best record in the A-League, although the Roar’s +9 goal difference looks measly compared with City’s.
Kisnorbo’s men have won ten of their previous 13 outings – keeping five clean sheets along the way. Ultimately, City is seriously strong in every department.
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Not only have Warren Moon’s men won four of their last five games, but they have also avoided defeat in each of their previous seven.
A 2-1 victory over Western United on Wednesday extended their unbeaten streak. Having gone behind midway through the first half, the Roar showed great spirit to battle back and claimed all three points.
Riku Danzaki netted the winner deep into stoppage-time – further enhancing his growing reputation. The Japanese loanee has managed to notch up seven goals and one assist in his debut A-League season, including four goals in his past six appearances.
With as many as three games in hand over some of their rivals, the Queenslanders are firmly in the hunt for a Finals Series berth. Sixth-place Brisbane is only two points behind third-place Macarthur, and the Bulls have played three matches more.
If Moon’s men can carry their momentum into Sunday’s clash, they could cause City plenty of problems.
Betting Pick for City vs. Brisbane
I am well aware that Melbourne City has been on a different level to pretty much every other A-League team this season. But in my opinion, odds of 1.37 for the home win aren’t worth bothering with.
City aside, Brisbane is the league’s in-form team right now. The Roar are playing with huge confidence at the moment, so I can see them snatching a draw on Sunday.
Let’s not forget that Kisnorbo’s men have drawn two of their last five matches. They are human, after all!